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Conversation Max Roach And Booker Little Deeds, Not Words
Ishwar Allah-VmusiQ.Com Sujatha Mohan, Anuradha Shriram 1947 Earth
Twilight in Turkey Raymond Scott Manhattan Research, Inc.
Everybody’s Talkin’ Harry Dean Stanton Partly Fiction
It’s You Or No One Max Roach And Booker Little Deeds, Not Words
Conversation Raymond Macdonald/Marilyn Crispell Parallel Moments

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Back Then

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Autumn 1968, the University of Essex. “We” had, briefly, the reins of the University newspaper, WYVERN. In October there was an issue re-capping for new students the events of that Spring and Summer. I did this summary, with drawings by Tony Young a local Wivenhoe artist. Sloman was the Vice-Chancellor…. there are glimpses of David Triesman (now Lord Triesman and strumming Chuck Berry with Tony Blair), of Donald Davie, of many others gone into their own history. Student life. With no student debt.


Time Done 2

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Conlon O Lord

Conlon père et fils

Time Done 1

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The Central Park Five

Bruce Jackson remembers William Kunstler and the case.


In The Time It Takes

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US retail in real time


On The Table

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Tristano a novel by Nanni Balestrini Verso Books
Guarding The Air Selected Poems by Gunnar Harding, translated by Roger Greenwald Black Widow Press
No Prizes issue 3 May 2014 Edited by Ian Heames Face Press
Sonnets Anonymous Face Press


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Le Temps Fou Marion Brown Le Temps Fou
Red Alert Teenage Jesus & The Jerks No New York
Trambambula An On Bast/Maciej Fortuna Electroacoustic Transcription of Film Music by Krzysztof Penderecki
War Henry Cow In Praise of Learning
Sneaking Suspicion Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey Going Back Home
Trem Das Onze Adoniran Barbosa Desilusao – A Samba Collection
Agua’Ta Son Palenque Kamajanes De La Musica Palenquera
Improvisation Marion Brown Porto Novo

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A Harry Carney home movie from the collection of Ellingoniana at The Smithsonian. A piece on Jazz and Baseball is here.

NOTE October 5, 2015. Since Apple in its “progress” has made this link unusable, here’s a direct link that I hope will work in your browser. You might have to put up with the depressing advert though.


Way Back Machine

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Hardly room to move here this week for the roosting chickens. After Danny Snelson’s work with INFOLIO, Kyle Schlesinger over at Cuneiform found a copy of the first issue of outburst, a brief small magazine I did more than half-a-century ago, and has put up a well-scanned pdf file.
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For a moment I felt 22. A feeling which was somehow reinforced by an email from Stephen Rodefer enclosing a copy of this photograph I’d missed at the time. Two minutes later there was a note from Harry Hoogstraten with a link to this –

– and there’s piero filming and then Stan with his pipe. Oh brave old world that had such people in it.



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Danny Snelson, with Dane Mainella and Amelia Bentley, accurately scanned (in full colour) the complete run(s) of INFOLIO and have made them available both to see and to download from Jacket2 Reissues. Thanks, too, to David Ball for lending them his collection.


Lights Out

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Richard Michael “Rik” Mayall 7 March 1958 – 9 June 2014


Common Wealth

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Love Of The Common People (Jamaican Mix) Nicky Thomas Trojan Country Reggae Box Set
Luyah! The Glorious Step Cecil Taylor Quartet Looking Ahead!
BBC Broadcast 1948 Clement Attlee
When It Was Ours Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott What Have We Become
Common People Pulp Different Class
Himno Zapatista voz Marcos y EZLN

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Local Stuff

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My friend Alan wrote that he missed quotidian pictures of Brighton & Hove. Since it was a rare sunny day and I had to get a bus to the dentist I took a few for him.



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I have two particularly clear images of 70 years ago. May 1944 was a hot drought month in London and the South East (though the weather worsened in June and continued miserable for the summer). I was almost 6, and I remember on the way to school with my mother standing in the High Street waiting to cross as tanks ground by. The road was part of Watling Street, the old route to Dover, and I assume the heavy metal was on its way to the coast; though the military buildup around Dover was a feint to mislead Rommel. The memory is sharp with the smell of warm tar and gravel, and the deep track-marks in the road surface lasted for months.

July 19th 1944 was my sixth birthday and I was at school. The air-raid warning siren sounded early and we spent most of the day in the shelter: a thick brick building in the yard, not underground, but better than nothing. The V1 (doodlebug) rocket attacks on London had started the week after D-Day. The only light was from candles and I remember holding a stump in my hand so tightly it began to melt, and to amuse myself I moulded the wax into the shape of a small mouse. That image, too, is sharp with the scent of warm wax. The street pictured in the V1 link above is two away from where we were living then.

Shelters, candle-light, the amber glow of the wireless dial, food queues, sirens, explosions: but no misery and much interest. D-Day. Introduced by Verlaine; or, rather, Verlaine through Charles Trenet.

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“Tenez, Cela Vous Servira”

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You can talk to the ear.
The input sound is processed by a computer using software that converts it to simulate nerve impulses in real time.
The speaker remains in soliloquy.
The crackling sound that is produced is used to outline absence instead of presence.

Next, Homer’s eyes? Toulouse-Lautrec’s legs lengthened?



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Recovery (Incomplete) Ulli Freer Rot Direkt
Burner On The Buff Ulli Freer Veer Books
|Inoperatives|Sychronisation|Comprehension|Co-Ordinate|Discrepancy| Ulli Freer | Juka Virtanen Rot Direkt
It’s probable that Stephen Mooney at Veer Books can advise you where the Rot Direkt books can be got. Ulli is always worth reading. You can hear Ben Watson read from Recovery (Incomplete) on Resonance Radio here.
Cuaderno de Composicíon Martin Gubbins Libros del Pez Espiral, Chile*
The Bundle: Selected Poems Steve Malmude Subpress/Goodbye
Verso Miguel Naranjo Ríos Ediciones Tácitas, Chile (ISBN 956-8268-11-1)
Líquenes Kurt Folch La Calabaza Del Diablo, Chile* (ISBN 978-956-9400-05-6)
There are some recordings of Kurt reading online.
[E][S][C][A][L][A][S] Martín Gubbins Mangos de Hacha, México
Dante’s Inferno Philip Terry Carcanet, UK A fine read: Hell as it was, is, and shall be.
Rimbaud: 10 Poems Translated by Bill Zavatsky Omerta Publications, San Francisco

*Neither website listed in these books works. It’s probable they now have a Facebook presence: but I don’t.

Enter Title Here

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+ click for booklet
This is an experiment. Clicking on the above image, or here , should open a webpage with a booklet whose pages you can turn by clicking on the top corner of each.
This might only work on a Mac, so here are links to a pdf file and an ebook also.

LATER NOTE: This is not my writing. Why there is no name on the title page (and the entry title) should be clear after reading to the end.


When Stuff Was Things

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YOU SEE WHAT I’M TRYING TO SAY – a study of Marion Brown (1967) by Henry English
original on Vimeo

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